Friends of the Mississippi River – Mississippi Messages Calendar – April 2015

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Calendar of Events

CLEAN WATER RULES! UNDERSTANDING THE EPA’S CLEAN WATER ACT UPDATE

Tuesday, April 76:30-8:30 PM
UMN St. Paul Student Center Theater, Falcon Heights

Join Friends of the Mississippi River and Environment Minnesota for a one-time opportunity to hear directly from the leader of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Administrator Gina McCarthy. The Administrator will present the keynote address on the EPA’s recent work to strengthen our nation’s Clean Water Act at our forum Tuesday, April 7, 2015. Seating is limited; reserve your spot today!

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‘STATE OF THE RIVER’ AT FULTON BREWERY

Saturday, April 1111 a.m.noon
North Loop, Minneapolis

Join FMR Watershed Program Director Trevor Russell and Water Quality Coordinator Lark Weller of the National Park Service MNRRA Unit at Fulton Brewery for a brief State of the River overview. From invasive “flying” carp to bacterial contamination, from eagles to swimmability, Trevor and Lark, the report’s principal authors, will highlight the most important trends and emerging issues facing the river today as well as potential solutions. Learn more and sign up via the event page.

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MIA’S APRIL 16TH THIRD THURSDAY: NATURE OF NATURE

Thursday, April 166:00-9:00 pm
Minneapolis Institute of Arts

Take action and get creative with FMR at Minneapolis Institute of Art’s Third Thursday: Nature of Nature on April 16. Enjoy food and drink while advocating for a healthy river and channeling your inner Banksy with a fun stenciling project. Admission is free and open to the public.

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HASTINGS AREA BIRDING FESTIVAL

Saturday, April 188:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Carpenter Nature Center, Hastings

Celebrate the arrival of spring by learning about our region’s many bird species. Enjoy classes, talks, bird banding demonstrations, guided bird trips in the Hastings area, and a special kids-only birding competition. Capacity is limited and RSVPs required. Learn more on the event page.

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SOUTH CREEK, VERMILLION STEWARDS EARTH DAY CLEANUP

Saturday, April 259:00-11:30 a.m.
South Creek, Lakeville

Help clean up South Creek! This creek feeds the Vermillion River, a cold prairie river flowing through the heart of Dakota County and an important tributary of the Mississippi River.

Volunteers will meet at Cross of Christ Community Church. Lots and fields surrounding the church lead right up to South Creek, providing plenty of clean-up options. You can pick up trash from the parking lot and other hard surfaces, venture into the grassy areas leading up to the stream, or put on your waterproof boots to pick up litter in the marshy area next to the creek. Volunteers with waders are also needed to clean up stream-side. A few pairs of waders are also available on a first-come, first-served basis. Learn more on the event page.

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EARTH DAY IN THE CITY: MINNEAPOLIS WATERSHED CLEANUP

Saturday, April 25 — 9:30 a.m.-noon

Join this Earth Day tradition in the Minneapolis River Gorge! People come from throughout the local river corridor neighborhoods and metro area to contribute to the health and vitality of the Mississippi River Watershed. All ages are welcome and all supplies provided, including lunch. We’ll meet at two sites along the parkway and bluff-top. Pick whichever works better for you — the oak savanna at East 36th Street and West River Parkway, or the maple basswood forest at 44th and the parkway. No registration is required and complete details and directions are available on the event page. We look forward to seeing you at the first River Gorge Stewards event of the season!

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MAKE & TAKE RAIN BARREL WORKSHOP

Tuesday, May 5 — 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Wellstone Center, West Side, St. Paul

Using a rain barrel is one of the simplest, high-impact ways to save water, save money and help protect our watershed. Join FMR and Coca-Cola at the Wellstone Center to learn about watershed-friendly home and garden practices and build your own ready-to-install rain barrel. The $40 registration fee covers all supplies, including the barrel and conversion kit.

Supplies are limited and early registration is suggested as these workshops have been filling quickly. Learn more and sign up via the event page.

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GARLIC MUSTARD PULL AT PINE BEND

Wednesday, May 6 — 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Pine Bend Bluffs Scientific & Natural Area, Inver Grove Heights

In addition to stunning river valley views Pine Bend Scientific and Natural Area provides vital habitat for many birds who rely on the Mississippi River flyway. Come join this award-winning regional restoration project. At the end of this two-hour volunteer event, participants will be certified to return to this protected area to complete additional invasive species removal work this spring. Learn more on the event page, or sign up now with Amy atakilgore@fmr.org or 651-222-2193 x31.

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URBAN BIRD HIKE, BEGINNERS WELCOME!

Saturday, May 9 — 8:30-10:00 a.m.
Willowbrook Fish Hatchery, East Side St. Paul

Tucked below St. Paul’s iconic Indian Mounds Park, Willowbrook Fish Hatchery is a little-known patch of wilderness in the city. Join longtime local bird enthusiast Joshua Davis and FMR staff for a casual bird walk in this floodplain natural area near the Mississippi River. Learn more and sign up via the event page, or sign up now with Amy at akilgore@fmr.org or 651-222-2193 x31.

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VERMILLION RIVER AMA BUCKTHORN HAUL

Saturday, May 9 — 9:00-11:00 a.m.
Vermillion River Aquatic Management Area, Empire Township, Dakota County

Join us in the oak woodlands bordering the Vermillion River, a cold prairie stream in the heart of Dakota County and a major tributary of the Mississippi River. Volunteers will be helping to remove invasive species in an Aquatic Management Area, a special type of preserve for shoreline property. With creek, lake and river shores being developed throughout the state, the AMA program helps Minnesota preserve public access as well as critical fish and wildlife habitat. Learn more and sign up via the event page, or sign up now with Amy at akilgore@fmr.org or 651-222-2193 x31.

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JOIN THE PLEDGE TO PULL AT CROSBY PARK

Tuesday, May 19 — 6:008:00 pm
Crosby Park, Mississippi River Gorge, St. Paul

Enjoy a spring evening near the confluence of the Minnesota and Mississippi rivers helping to protect a striking array of native spring wildflowers — Dutchman’s breeches, trout lily, and Jack-in-the-pulpit to name a few. Volunteers will be trained to remove the invasive species garlic mustard before taking the “Pledge to Pull” — pledging to return to the area and independently remove the garlic mustard and protect the native wildflowers at times convenient for them. This opportunity was created for those looking to contribute more than a couple hours, but needing to set their own volunteer schedule. Trained participants may team up with a buddy from the event or return to the area with family and friends to complete pledged hours. Capacity is limited and preregistration required. Learn more on the pledge kickoff page, or sign up now with Amy at akilgore@fmr.org or 651-222-2193 x31.

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SCHEDULE YOUR STENCILING OUTING TODAY

Mid-April through mid-October
City of St. Paul

If you’re looking for a great service outing that is educational, active, outdoors and provides a significant community benefit, consider storm drain stenciling. It’s just one and a half to three hours in length, and can be set at a time and St. Paul location convenient for your group. Reservations are now being taken for outings through October 2014. Learn more on the stenciling event page or go straight to our stenciling, cleanup and presentation request form!

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For current event listings and more information on the events listed above, please visit our events calendar page at www.fmr.org/participate/events.